Economics is in the News! Welcome to the Economics News Quiz! This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of recent events in the world of Economics. Can you work out the topical news story from the image and a small part of the story? The Headline and story are ‘redacted’ so that you can’t read them at first. How much do you know about what’s going on in the world of economics? 1 Former Chancellor to lead EU Exit group That’s a ‘No’…. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, has been made the President of the ‘Conservatives for Britain’ group that will campaign for a UK exit from the European Union when the referendum is held (possibly in 2017). Lawson thinks that David Cameron will fail to change EU policies as he originally planned. 2 UK Trade Gap is improving The UK's current account deficit narrowed much faster then expected in the second quarter of the year. The current account figure from the ONS measures the difference between imports and exports of trade and investment. Mind the Gap…. The deficit narrowed from £24bn, or 5.2% of national income, in the first quarter of 2015, to £16.8bn, or 3.6% of GDP, in the second. 3 Labour's Shadow Chancellor rejects austerity In his speech to the Labour Party Conference, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell rejected the Government’s austerity programme. McDonnell claims that he can reduce Government Debt without maintaining the planned cut in spending on public services. There’s an alternative plan….. 4 5p Charge for Plastic Bags about to start From the 5th of October, England will join the Welsh policy of ensuring that shops and supermarkets charge an extra 5p for any plastic bag used by customers. The idea is to reduce use of the bags and encourage reuse of older bags. That’s a wrap….. 5 UK Productivity improving In Productivity across the UK economy rose at its fastest rate in four years in the second quarter according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Productivity is a key indicator for the Bank of England as it considers whether to put up interest rates. Output on the up…… Output per hour rose 0.9% between April and June, the biggest quarter-on-quarter rise in four years.